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By Ron Jackson
In an exciting toe-to-toe contest Nkululeko Mhlongo won the vacant South African junior middleweight title when he stopped Page Tshesane in the eighth round of a scheduled twelve at the Mhluzi Extension 7 Hall in Middelburg on Saturday night. Tshsane made a fast start and was possibly ahead after the first four rounds but the stronger Mhlongo using his reach and height advantage slowly worked his way back into the fight before landing a big right hand to the jaw in the eighth round that sent Tshesane down and out. Mhlongo improved his record to 9-2; 7 and Tshesane dropped to 7-4-2; 3.
In the main supporting bout Gauteng junior lightweight champion Nkosinathi Ntshangase beat Sam Sethole on a fourth round technical knockout in a non title bout scheduled for eight rounds.
The tournament was presented by Mxolisi Gumede of Ethembeni Promotions in conjunction with the local Mpumalanga government.
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Meanwhile it has been announced that South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi 12-2; 4 who holds the IBO junior flyweight belt will challenge Mexico’s Adrian Hernandez 21-1-1; 13 for the WBC light flyweight belt on September 24 in Monterrey, Mexico.
A press conference will be held on August 30 in North Bergen, NJ to release the voluminous findings of a ten-month investigation into the death of boxing legend Arturo Gatti. Private investigators Paul Ciolino of Chicago and Joseph Moura of Boston have been hired by Gatti’s manager Pat Lynch to investigate Gatti’s death. The three-time world champion Gatti was found dead in his rented vacation apartment in Brazil on July 11, 2009 at the age of 37. Brazilian police arrested Gatti’s wife Amanda Rodrigues, only to release her three weeks later. The Brazilian authorities have ruled Gatti’s death a suicide. A number of medical and scientific expert witnesses from across the country will also make brief presentations which Ciolino and Moura say will conclusively lay to rest the mystery surrounding Gatti’s cause of death.
Sterling McPherson’s Sterling Promotions has plans to present a ten event professional boxing series at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The first show is scheduled for October 15 and future shows are slated for December 17, February 11, March 10, April 7, and May 26, with additional event dates in 2012 to be announced. The card will be televised on ESPN International with legendary boxing Hall of Fame broadcaster “Colonel” Bob Sheridan and former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas calling the action from ringside. Fighters for the first scheduled show on October 15 will be announced shortly.
Joey Eye Boxing Promotions is sad to report that passing of longtime boxing judge and former professional welterweight Bobby Grasso who passed away on Saturday night at the age of sixty-five after a bout with cancer. Grasso was a boxer from 1969-1973 and compiled a record of 3-3 and later became a respected boxing judge for more than two decades. Grasso judged some of the biggest bouts on the East Coast, mainly in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He was a captain in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department. There will be a viewing at The Baldi Funeral Home (1327 South Broad Street) on Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm with a mass on Thursday at the St. Monica’s Church at 17th and Ritner “Bobby was a very nice man and a good judge,” said Joey “Eye” Intrieri. “He always had time for everyone and we will surely miss him around ringside and I just want to send condolences out to his family.”
By Francisco Salazar
Before hunkering down to focus entirely on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th in Las Vegas, welterweight world title holder Victor Ortiz completed the Sprint Triathlon at Camp Pendleton near San Diego on Saturday morning. The triathlon consisted of a 500-yard swim, a 30-kilometer (about 18 miles) bike ride, and a five kilometer (3.1 miles) run. Ortiz completed the course with a time of one hour, 36 minutes, and 56 seconds, finishing ninth in the 20-24 age elite category. His manager, Rolando Arellano, told Fightnews.com that he also ran the triathlon, completing the course over two hours and 17 minutes. Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) will resume his training at Knuckleheadz gym in Ventura.
In the first sanctioned bareknuckle boxing match since 1889, former WBO cruiserweight title challenger Bobby Gunn defeated boxer Rich Stewart via KO in round three on Friday night at Fort McDowell Casino outside Phoenix, Arizona. With the win, organizers say Gunn claimed the vacant bareknuckle boxing title that was last held by John L. Sullivan. The bout was waved off after Gunn dropped Stewart twice in round three. “Waking up the next day my hands were a bit sore, but that was the extent of the damage,” said Gunn. “Neither of us fighters suffered any real damage, due to the safety precautions that were put into place.”
Dee Lee Promotions will present a card on August 20 at Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia, headlined by lightweight Dorin Spivey (38-6, 29 KOs) who takes on Damon Antoine (9-31-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Spivey hasn’t fought in his hometown in a year so he’s hoping this welcome home bout will remind local fight fans that he’s still chasing a crown.
The just added co-main on this nine-bout card features a blast from the past in “Smokin'” Bert Cooper (38-23, 31 KOs), who takes on Travis Kauffman (21-1, 16 KOs) in an interesting heavyweight clash. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super featherweight prospect Alejandro Sarabia (27-1-1, 21 KOs) has inked a promotional pact with Promociones del Pueblo in search of big fights and a rating with the four major sanctioning bodies and an eventual world title fight. Sarabia, currently rated WBC #16, has big wins over Abraham Rodriguez, Genaro Camargo, Wilfredo Acuna and Rocky Juarez among others. “It’s a good decision,” said Sarabia. “I’ve had to change my career to have more visibility and the best fights.” Promoter Oswlado Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo added “Sarabia has potential and skills to become world champion. To us it’s important to find ways to make young prospects like this into major challengers to the world title and I think we will accomplish this.” Sarabia trains in Mexico City at the Pancho Rosales Gym with his father.
Tonight from beautiful Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, hot prospect from Caguas, Puerto Rico, Jesús Rojas (18-1; 13KO), annihilated very tough Miguel O. Martínez (14-3; 8KO) at the 2:27 mark of the second round. It was a solid performance from Rojas, who is making a lot of sound in the super bantamweight division and is now a world title contender. He is trained by the legendary Emanuel Steward. Other results are: Alvin Torres (8-1; 7KO’s) defeated Julio Concepción by KO in the opening round and his twin brother Irving Torres (8-1; 4KO) defeated game Juan Encarnación by unanimous decision. In the special attraction of the night, Venezuela’s Jeancarlo Prada (25-0; 18KO) defeated José Soto (24-9; 13KO) in a sensational first round KO performance, becoming the new WBC’s FECARBOX’s welterweight champion. All winners are part of Miguel Cotto Promotions, who continues to develop a sensational stable of prospects.
In July of 2007, it was a stalemate. Four years later, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz met again, in the main event of UFC 133 at Wells Fargo Center Saturday night, and this time the judges weren’t necessary, as Evans looked to be in championship form in his first bout since May of 2010, as he stopped Ortiz in the second round . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Former WBA super-bantam champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-li Lee; 18-2-1, 9 KOs), 125.75, decked his comeback go since his forfeiture of his world throne to compatriot Akifumi Shimoda (who was lately dethroned by Rico Ramos in Atlantic City), as he landed a well-timed countering right, dropped ex-national titlist Rikiya Fukuhara (24-6-1, 18 KOs), 126, and chalked up a TKO victory at 2:39 of the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
Eight weeks ago, if you told someone that Tito Ortiz would be headlining UFC 133, they may have laughed and accused you of living in an MMA time warp. But five weeks isn’t August 6 and Tito Ortiz is headlining UFC 133—and you’re not living in an MMA time warp. (more…)
Photo: Felipe Leon
Despite many rumors abounding regarding the match up, it has become official that WBC Silver lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs) of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, Mex, will go against Venezuelan Jorge Linares (31-1, 20 KOs) for the full fledged WBC strap that was relinquished earlier this year by Humberto “Zorrita” Soto. The news was exclusively confirmed to Fightnews.com by Jorge Marron, advisor to Team DeMarco, “We knew it was going to happen but there was some details that needed to be ironed out and we did that recently so it is good to go. The twelve round championship bout will take place on the under card of the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson tilt scheduled for October 15th at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. “We are glad that is happening in southern California instead of the east coast,” Bobby Quirarte, assistant trainer of DeMarco stated. “Its the best thing to the fight happening at home in Tijuana.” DeMarco has been training at the CREA gym in Tijuana under the tutelage of Romulo Quirarte for several weeks.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (45-3-2, 35 KOs) will return against two-time title challenger Álvaro Pérez (21-3-1, 12 KOs) on August 20 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The event will be televised by Zanfer and televised in Mexico on TV Azteca. The bout will take place in the unusual location of The La Cetto Vineyard located on the road between Tecate and Ensenada. The bout will be a ten-rounder at the super bantamweight limit.
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel gave a title belt to the Puerto Rico’s Correction and Rehabilitation Director, Carlos Molina, due to his successful work with the prisoners in the island, during the show “A Puño Limpio” held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo. Valcarcel highlighted Molina’s achievements in the agency, as the professional boxing card held at the Correctional 1072 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, last January. “We recongnize tonight the Correction and Rehabilitation Director, Carlos Molina, for his great work with the prisoners in this country. Actually, Molina is a Champion in the rehabilitation”, Valcarcel said, while somre prisoners in the attendance applauded the ceremony. “So, we give this championship belt to Molina and urge to continue his excellent job.” Former WBO Champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon put the belt to Molina. Plus Valcarcel, Lopez and Calderon, there were in the ceremony Ivan and Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions president and vice-president, respectively, Luis Pérez, Chairman Ratings Committee, and former world champion Victor “Luvi” Calleja.
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The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials concluded on Friday, with 10 American boxers fulfilling their dreams to represent America in the 2012 summer games. The final hurdle to qualify requires a top-10 showing in their respective weight class at one of two international qualifiers, either the U.S. National Championships, held in early September, or the 2011 AIBA Men’s World Championships, to be contested from September 22-October 10 in Baku, Azerbaijan . . . Click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1, 16 KOs) will fight Dominican Argenis Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBF super featherweight world title on September 10 at venue to be announced on a card promoted by HG Boxing. The bout will be presented by Televisa Channel 5 on their “Sabados de Corona” telecast. “It’snot an easy fight,” said Salgado. “Dominicans are fast fighters, with a lot of physical strength. I’m working hard to neutralize that style and impose my punching power and technique in the ring. My goal is to return to being world champion and I know I’m going to achieve it!” Salgado trains daily with Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora and Salvador Sanchez II, approved without problems, the seven day before official weigh-in, according to the WBC rules for their next fights, which will be held next Saturday August 13, at the “Deportivo Tlalli” in Tlalnepantla State of Mexico.
Coincidentally, the ceremony took place seven days before the anniversary of the death of the great Salvador Sanchez Narvaez, former champion of the featherweight division WBC.
With Salvador Sanchez II, also approved the pre weigh-in, Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora, who will make the first defense of the WBC flyweight Youth championship.
Ibeth Zamora 113
Sal Sanchez 131
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Confirmed: On September 17 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) will defend his WBC middleweight title against Ronald Hearns (26-2-0, 20 KOs) at the Palenque in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It will be a big party in Culiacan, as the hometown hero Chavez will make his first defense. Hearns unsuccessfully challenged WBA champion Felix Sturm in his last fight.
Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez
WBO #8, IBF #12 super flyweight Juan Mercedes (26-3, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round majority decision over former world title challenger Luis “Titi” Maldonado (35-7-1, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 95-95. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a grudge match, undefeated junior welterweight Vernon “The Iceman” Paris (25-0, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Coleman dropped Paris in round two, but Paris came back to put Coleman down twice with body shots in round six. The fight ended in round seven when Paris put Coleman on the deck again with another body shot.
The battle between undefeated junior lightweight Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan (14-0-2, 8 KOs) and former world champion Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-12-3, 23 KOs) ended in a four round technical draw. The fight was stopped due to a head clash that left Cruz with a vertical cut over the right eye. Scores were 39-37, 37-39 and 38-38.
Featherweight contender Luis Franco (10-0, 6 KO’s) stopped Adolfo Landeros after the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but it was all Franco as he landed at will against the durable Landeros (21-21-2, 10 KO’s). After the fourth round ended, Landeros’ corner advised referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to stop the fight.
Unbeaten lightweight Michael Faragon (16-0, 7 KOs) scored a nice second round TKO over Ira Terry (24-6, 14 KOs). Referee Raul Caiz waved it off at 2:32.
By Joe Koizumi
Two-time world challenger Tomonobu Shimizu (18-3-1, 9 KOs), ex-Japanese flyweight champ popular among female fans due to his handsome face, will have his third ambitious crack at the WBA super-fly belt against Mexican veteran Hugo Cazares (35-6-2, 25 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on August 31. It will be the first of a world title twinbill, supporting a WBA bantam title go between defending titlist Koki Kameda (25-1, 16 KOs) and David De la Mora (26-0, 16 KOs) at the Nihon Budokan (Japan’s Martial Arts Hall) in the center of Tokyo. Shimizu, formerly a university amateur boxer, failed to win the 112-pound belt twice—both within the distance—from Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in Thailand in 2007 and compatriot Daisuke Naito here the next year. Against Naito, Shimizu was obviously leading on points thanks to his successful hit-and-run strategy before a pitiful come-from-behind tenth-round stoppage. Cazares, three years his senior at 33, wrested the WBA throne by frustrating Nobuo Nashiro with his puzzling switch-hitting en route to a unanimous verdict in a rematch in Osaka in May of the previous year. Since then, Cazares kept his belt four times, including a lopsided decision over Hiroyuki Hisataka last December. For Cazares, Japan may be a good market that attracts him to come back.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
World rated lightweight Armeth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of Lenny Zappavigna (25-2, 17 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout at the Melbourne Pavillion in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. on Friday. Diaz showed good power in round one by connecting with solid combinations to the head of the Aussie 135-pounder. Zappa responded by scoring with power shots to the body that hurt the Panamanian. In round two Diaz dropped Zappavigna with a hard right hand to the jaw but he survived to hear the bell. Zappa outworked Diaz in round three and inflicted a cut over the visitor’s eye in round four. Diaz dropped Zappavigna again in round five from a solid combo to the head and the cornerman of the Australian entered the ring to advise referee Robert Byrd they did not want Zappa to continue. Time 2:32. Diaz will now be rated IBF #1 and will challenge Miguel Vasquez the the world title. For more details and photos click here…
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